City BeachContemporary Garden, Perth
Looking for a unique garden that embraced the harsh location and unique architectural characteristics of the contemporary home, the owner employed the expertise of Tim Davies and Levi Carter of Tim Davies Landscaping to design and build this stunning landscape.
Being in close proximity to the coast, the planting palette needed to be closely considered to create a landscape that would be able to withstand the conditions. The client was determined to have a mature finish to the garden. In order to achieve this, Tim and Levi sourced a range of mature trees from around the state that were suitable for relocation. These species included Poinciana, Olive, Frangipani and Magnolia trees. Custom ornamentation also creates focal points throughout, while large graphite granite bowls and a custom solid granite planter alongside the pool work to tie the spaces together.
This minimal, contemporary design by Tim Davies Landscaping combines high-quality finishes with mature, lush planting to create habitable spaces that work aesthetically.
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Save time and hassle with motion sensors and timersMotion sensors are a must with outdoor lighting schemes. They’ll save you hassle – and your guests from slipping on your front steps – by switching lights on automatically when visitors arrive at your home. They can also help reduce your power bills as they’ll only come on when required. Most can be adjusted so they don’t turn on when children or branches move past. Timers are another smart addition to your lighting set-up. You can set lighting to switch on and off at specific times, deterring burglars while you’re away and giving you the confidence of knowing you’ll never come home to a dark house. Timers can also be used to control clusters of lights, which allow you to set a specific mood, say for dining or entertaining, without lifting a finger.
Sculptural statementWhy have an inanimate artwork when you can plant a piece of living sculpture like this stunning dragon tree (Draceana draco) in the garden? These handsome trees can grow up to 20m high in gardens but planting in containers will keep them more compact. Uplighting the dragon tree at night enhances the sense of drama.
6. Replace the letterboxOften a letterbox has suffered from exposure to the weather over the years and can look a little worse for wear. This is an inexpensive upgrade that can be a real style statement and make an immediate impression, even when a potential buyer does a drive-by inspection – what they can see from their car will determine if they decide whether or not to bother looking inside. Choose a letterbox that matches your home, looks sharp and incorporates well into your front garden.
Run with street presenceNot having a fence is also a great, viable option for a small front yard. This opens you up to have more of a garden feel to the streetscape and will make the front yard feel bigger. You will also be able to show off the architecture of your home a lot better and enhance it with the garden elements. With no fence it is a nice idea to make a feature of the letterbox. Draw on the architecture of the home and have a go at trying something a little bold and different. It could be the only structural feature you are able to fit in and, if done well, it can be the recognised landmark for the property. With no fence, planting will then need to be the hero, and again your plant selection works best if it reflects the architecture/style of the home.
7. Choose sculptural shapesThe architectural form of a spreading silver grey dragon tree (dracaena draco) and multi-coloured agaves turn this Perth entrance garden into a living sculpture gallery. Other plants with sculptural form include bird of paradise, flaxes, tree ferns, palms and cycads. Adding uplighting enhances the dramatic presence of such architectural plants.